The playstation 2 was king of its day and almost everyone had one. Every time I went to gamestop I got excited about a new game that came out I had no idea about. Whether it was metal gear solid 3: snake eater, a new lord of the rings game, or even when I found out star wars battlefront was in stock after I had been waiting for months to play it (even though I had already had the second game to the series). My all time favorite game was Tak but as more games came out, they seemed to get worse and worse to my disappointment. These days were so exciting and surprises were everywhere. Now, you find out about a game 2 years before the release date, I think twice before I buy a game now that they are 60 dollars and overall the ps3 games seem shorter.
Controller: The controllers of both the game systems are very similar. The only major differences are that dualshock 3 controllers are wireless and have improved R2 and L2 buttons. The wires to my ps2 controllers seemed to always get in the way and it was the worst when people tripped over them. I remember one time my Dads friend (That everyone hated, including my dad) tripped over the wire, knocking the ps2 off the shelf, opening up the disc slot, and my brand new GTA: San Andreas fell out breaking it. I will never forgive Moe (The guys name) for the destruction of my brand new and favorite GTA game. The worst part is that he didn't even say sorry! In fact, he yelled at me for not warning him about the cord.
After that, I bought a wireless controller. These things were junk and always broke on me. It was terribly annoying when the batteries fell out and they were near impossible to put back in. Still they were an improvement from the stock controllers because I didn't have to worry about Moe. I hated that they didn't have vibrate so I ended up just switching back to the stock controller. Now that I think of it, the ps2's vibration feature was much stronger then the dualshock 3's. I remember playing metal gear solid, a specific cutscene that went off, and I left my controller on the floor. The whole floor started shaking and I couldn't believe how powerful the vibration feature really was. Overall the dualshock 3 definitely defeats the dualshock 2, even though the dualshock 2's vibration was much better. 1 point to ps3.
Memory cards: ugh, don't even get me started on these things. I never realised that you could delete game saves so I had to get a new one every 3 months or so. Each one costed like $50 and I had to save up just to play the new game I had just got. Im glad the ps3 now has internal storage, it has saved me a lot of trips to Wal-Mart. 1 point to ps3.
Games: I loved how back in ps2 days you never knew what to expect when you went to gamestop for a new game. Well, at least I didn't. Maybe there would be a new tak, hopefully a battlefront 3 (sadly, this still hasn't happened) maybe even a call of duty. Now you know what you're getting before you go and you know everything about the game. There is no surprise. Hopefully GTA 5 will be a big surprise and we won't know everything about it before release date. Another thing I loved about ps2 games were the price. You could go to the store with 30 dollars and somehow end up with 10 used games! It was crazy and I always impressed my parents at how good of a shopper I was. I would sit in gamestop for hours picking out my games I wanted. Going through the hundreds of games and the $5 shelf. I would go to the mall sometimes, find a couple of dollars in my pocket, and end up with a new video game! It was awesome and really brought me joy. Sure ps3 games have better graphics but I liked the overall gameplay of ps2 games. 1 point ps2.
Online: I never played online until my ps3. It took my a year to figure out how to get it to go online and when I finally figured it out I had plugged it into my router. I never knew it was wireless. I elt a mixture of proud and stupid when I got it to work wirelessly. Online obviously goes to ps3 because ps2 never really had online. 1 point ps3.
Overall, PS3 wins the battle but I still love PS2.